An MP has been reassured that Highland Games enthusiasts will be exempt from restrictions over online knife sales.
The Home Office announced a near-total ban on knife sales to homes in a bid to crackdown on sales to under 18s.
Gordon MP Colin Clark asked the Home Secretary Sajid Javid whether his constituents could be charged for buying trade or hobby blades – and was told the legislation makes allowances for such items.
Mr Clark, whose great uncle Geordie Clark is in the Guinness Book of World Records for his caber toss, said: “I welcome the Offensive Weapons Bill which will put tough legislation into place and make it harder than ever before for people to get dangerous weapons.
“But can my right honourable Friend reassure my constituents that banning the delivery of bladed articles to residential addresses will not prevent the legal pursuits of tradesmen and hobbyists?”
Mr Clark heard from Mr Javid that “tossing the caber” will still be possible as specialist blades can be exempt under the new legislation.
Traditionally, the cabers are cut from larch trees using special axes for summer heavy competitions that take place across the world.
Mr Javid said: “I’m happy to confirm the Bill provides defences for a number of items that otherwise would be prohibited. This includes bespoke knives and bladed products and those that might be used in re-enactment activity.
“So I can assure my honourable friend he will still be allowed to toss the caber in the Highland Games.”
The legislation creates new criminal offences prohibiting the dispatch of bladed products sold online to a residential address.
The offence for bladed products is limited to those that can cause serious injury and includes defences for made-to-order items and those for sporting and re-enactment purposes.